Who Was Daniel Boone?
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Called the "Great Pathfinder", Daniel Boone is most famous for opening up the West to settlers through Kentucky. A symbol of America's pioneering spirit Boone was a skilled outdoorsman and an avid reader although he never attended school. Sydelle Kramer skillfully recounts Boone's many adventures such as the day he rescued his own daughter from kidnappers.
come.” Chapter 9 The Great Pathfinder Few Americans have loved the wilderness as deeply as Daniel Boone. The most famous backwoodsman of his time, he never truly settled down. Most of his life was spent hunting or exploring. No other white person knew the land as well as Daniel. He could find a path through any forest, track any animal, outlast the worst weather. Despite almost constant danger, he used his skill and daring to open Kentucky to pioneers. And beyond that, the wide West. The
wedding — two other couples were married at the same time. Soon they had their own farm, and Daniel built a log house. They had no money; the cabin had only a dirt floor. Still, it was home. One year later, their first child, James, was born. Nine more children followed. The family was a happy one. But Rebecca soon realized that her husband missed the woods. She also knew he could make more money hunting than farming. She and Daniel had a difficult decision to make. Should Daniel stick to
men, “Thank Almighty Providence, boys, for we have the girls safe. Let’s all sit down by them now and have a hearty cry.” Then he took Jemima into his arms. But that was not the end of the danger. Far from it. The tribes and the settlers still battled over who had the right to the land. In fact, the fighting between them grew even more complicated. It was 1776. The American colonies no longer wanted to belong to England. They longed to be a free country — the United States. The American
Revolution broke out. Now the British and Americans were enemies. The British encouraged the Indians to attack the colonists. There were rewards for each American scalp. In turn, the settlers’ hatred and fear of the Indians grew. Even the Indians who wanted peace were murdered. Daniel didn’t think much about the American Revolution. This may sound surprising for a frontier hero. But not all colonists wanted war. To Daniel, the Revolution was a distant war. Battles were fought on American soil
a price for the vote of mercy. The Shawnee made him run the gauntlet. The gauntlet was an Indian test of courage. It was also a form of punishment. The braves formed two lines, facing each other. Daniel had to run between the lines as the braves beat him with sticks and clubs. The only way to escape death was to run at top speed. If he fell, he was doomed. Daniel was not as young or as fast as he used to be. The braves had caught him once before. Could he make it through the gauntlet?